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March Madness but with Books // Ft. Rachel

Hi all!

Welcome back to my blog! I’m going to be starting a new bookish project with my good friend, Rachel, who runs A Bookworm’s Paradise!! If you aren’t already following her amazing blog, go check it out here! This project will be starting today and through mid-April. This is just an approximation as we might experience slight delays, so please bear with us!

You may be wondering what this new bookish project is? We will be doing a March Madness tournament, which is a big basketball tournament played in the United States during March! You may be thinking, how does this connect with our blogs since we feature books? Instead of basketball, we will be using books!

Alright, so let me break it down for all of you. Each week, we will compare two books and declare a winner, by which one we had a more enjoyable time reading. Then the winner of this first bracket will be competing against a new book each week. Since this is the start of this new project, we will start with two books, which you can see our first picks if you scroll down below. We will then read one book each for the following weeks and compare it with the previous winner.

Rachel and I will be choosing two different books each week! This will allow involving more books and a wide variety of different genres! As this is a collab, in the end, each has a final winner from our selection, and from those two, we will pick the ultimate book champion!!

We will be picking five books each and then reading the other’s final winning book. This project will not just occur in March but in April since it will take time! If this doesn’t make sense now, we will have check-ins throughout the project!

Without further ado, Let’s discuss my first two competitors in my selection!  

The Red Palace by June Hur

Joseon (Korea), 1758. There are few options available to illegitimate daughters in the capital city, but through hard work and study, eighteen-year-old Hyeon has earned a position as a palace nurse. All she wants is to keep her head down, do a good job, and perhaps finally win her estranged father’s approval.

But Hyeon is suddenly thrust into the dark and dangerous world of court politics when someone murders four women in a single night, and the prime suspect is Hyeon’s closest friend and mentor. Determined to prove her beloved teacher’s innocence, Hyeon launches her own secret investigation.

In her hunt for the truth, she encounters Eojin, a young police inspector also searching for the killer. When evidence begins to point to the Crown Prince himself as the murderer, Hyeon and Eojin must work together to search the darkest corners of the palace to uncover the deadly secrets behind the bloodshed.

You Truly Assumed by Laila Sabreen

Sabriya has her whole summer planned out in color-coded glory, but those plans go out the window after a terrorist attack near her home. When the terrorist is assumed to be Muslim and Islamophobia grows, Sabriya turns to her online journal for comfort. You Truly Assumed was never meant to be anything more than an outlet, but the blog goes viral as fellow Muslim teens around the country flock to it and find solace and a sense of community.

Soon two more teens, Zakat and Farah, join Bri to run You Truly Assumed and the three quickly form a strong friendship. But as the blog’s popularity grows, so do the pushback and hateful comments. When one of them is threatened, the search to find out who is behind it all begins, and their friendship is put to the test when all three must decide whether to shut down the blog and lose what they’ve worked for…or take a stand and risk everything to make their voices heard.

As you can see, we have different books on both sides. You Truly Assumed is a contemporary that focuses on three Black Mulism girls, a time after 9/11 and current anti-Islamic sentiments exist, trying to create a safe haven to express their thoughts. The Red Palace is a historical mystery set in Korea in the 1700s and leads to the main characters going on an investigation to find out who is the culprit behind the murder of four women. If you want to know who will win, stick around, and you shall see!

What do you think of this new Bookish series? Will you be tuning in? What did you think of my picks for round one?

13 thoughts on “March Madness but with Books // Ft. Rachel

  1. Both of these books sound absolutely epic! But as a hardcore fantasy/politics fan, I think The Red Palace intrigues me just a tad more…

    Anyway, I’m really excited to see the final verdict, and I wish both you and Rachel a ton of fun with this challenge! 🎊

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  2. This sounds like such a fun project!

    I haven’t read either book before. I like the cover of “You Truly Assumed” better but I think I’d be interested in the plot of “The Red Palace” more. I love a good murder mystery and the time period intrigues me. I don’t usually read YA, but something about “The Red Palace” seems more… grown-up, or older to me? Maybe its the plot? The darker cover?


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